deception

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deception

n. the act of misleading another through intentionally false statements or fraudulent actions. (See: fraud, deceit)

deception

in English criminal law it is an offence to obtain property by deception. It is committed by deceiving, whether deliberately or recklessly, by words or conduct as to fact or law, including the person's present intentions. It is also an offence to obtain services in this way.
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What draws you in is their slow but sure change from self-conscious, image-savvy bores to evil, duplicitious animals who would eat their stranded rivals to survive if they had to.
The same reversibility, of course, is a property of the letter I, and, because of the symbolism that Nabokov has used to thicken the V., the I becomes suspicious and duplicitious as well.
"The situation in Kenya was such that to be honest was considered dangerous; to be duplicitious, normal," according to a leading cleric."The impact, on the moral standing of a largely conservative population, was shattering."